In Silicon Valley, the discussions around not having enough women in tech is uncomfortable coupled with the new conversation which just started about racial diversity. Some activists have started raising consciousness about the issue of lack of diversity, such as Kathryn Finney a blogger who launched Project Diane in February 2015. The initiative is named in honor of Diane Nash, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights era. The idea behind Project Diane, is to bring more minorities into the industry by telling stories about minority entrepreneurs’ success and failure.
This month, Kathryn, expanded this project by co-creating a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund a documentary about the “intersection of race and gender in tech,” specifically on the experiences of black women. The campaign was named #RewriteTheCode, and it hit its goal of $25,000 in less than two days with support from 216 backers and no media coverage.
“When we initially started, we didn’t know the strength of the network,” Finney told The Huffington Post. “We underestimated its power. People do care. People do want to hear our story. It’s given people something to believe, particularly women of color, who were starting to feel almost abused by the tech world. They were really feeling like there was no hope, and nothing we could do.”
Finney hopes to get to 500 Kickstarter backers by the end of June. “We don’t care about the size of the donation,” she said. “We want to put an exclamation on what we’re doing.”